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Wisconsin's Paul Menard paces first Road America practice session

By Lee Montgomery

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Roush Fenway Racing’s Paul Menard easily led the first NASCAR Nationwide Series practice session at Road America on Thursday, running a lap that was more than six-tenths of a second faster than the field.

Menard, a Wisconsin native and former winner at Road America, turned a lap of 106.721 mph in the No. 98 Ford. He was 0.673 seconds faster than Australian Owen Kelly, making his NASCAR debut in Baker Curb Racing’s No. 27 Ford.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brad Coleman was third, with JR Motorsports’ Ron Fellows fourth and Roush Fenway’s Carl Edwards fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Patrick Long, Michael McDowell, Jacques Villeneuve, Tony Ave and Steve Wallace.

See the first practice sheet here.